Re: Terminology nitpicking (was: Positive feedback...)

Subject: Re: Terminology nitpicking (was: Positive feedback...)
From: Jo Baer <jbaer -at- mailbox1 -dot- tcfbank -dot- com>
To: Tracy Boyington <tracy_boyington -at- okvotech -dot- org>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 16:37:22 -0500

Constantly! I write for all sorts of audiences, each with its own
reading level and focus. My job is to impart information. If I write
over people's heads, or in jargon they don't understand, I haven't done
my job. I stop short of writing material that makes my teeth hurt, but I
must always consider how the reader will understand and interpret what
I've written. In some cases, failure to speak the reader's language
could have enormous negative consequences. We walk a tightrope between
being keepers of the flame, so to speak, i.e., keeping correct grammar
and usage alive, and understanding that language is a living thing,
subject to change. Like it or not, in the real world words are defined
by consensus.

OK, I feel better. Next?

Tracy Boyington wrote:
Is anyone else occasionally caught between the "correct" way and the
effective way to communicate?

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